Regatta 2K9 sports events up and running
Football, dominos, swimming, cycling, athletics & power boat racing
By Franklin Wilson
The 2009 sports programme for Regatta 2K9 is off and running and according to head of the Organising Committee, Regional Chairman Holbert Hicks, they are expecting some exciting events over the next couple of days.
The football competition kicked off on Monday night at the Bartica Community Centre ground with the grand march past of the six competing teams which included Red Earth of New York.
Cycling action is set to pedal off this afternoon and will take the form of sprint events on the streets surrounding the Community Centre.
According to Mr. Hicks, some 9 races will be contested attracting competitors from ages 12 to seniors.
Prizes for this event are sponsored by Exclusive Classics General store and Baney’s Bakery.
On Saturday, the top athletes in the community will clash in a one mile road race which will carry them through the streets and Hills of the Community.
It will start and end at the Cenotaph. Prizes sponsored by Allen’s Enterprises will go to the youngest and oldest competitors among others.
On Sunday morning, swimmers will get their turn to shine in the river race which will start at Kaow Island and end at Bartica.
This event will also attract junior and senior competitors, male and female.
Prizes for this event have been donated compliments of Mc Wilfred Mining.
The big event, power boat racing is set for Sunday and Monday, this will be the first time the event will see two days of competition and Hicks has assured that fans are in for a massive treat that will linger in their minds for a very long time.
Power boat racing which will see speed boat operators taking on each other in races with engines ranging from 25-40 Horse Power, 75-90, 115-200, 225 to unlimited and Canoe sprints on day one and two, Easter Sunday and Monday. Races for Jet Skies will be contested on day two, Easter Monday.
Prizes for these events, first to third, range, from $10,000 to $80,000. Race time on both days is 10:00hrs.
Fuel for the power boat races has been sponsored by Guyoil, Shell Camp Street Service Station, Texaco Bartica Service Station and Sol Guyana Ltd.
Prizes for this event will be taken care of by, Banks DIH Limited, Carib, Digicel, GT&T, Guyana Gold Board, Guyoil, New Modern Hotel, Mings Products and Services Ltd, Geico Construction, Boss Mining, BK International, Hopkinson Mining, Guyana Geology & Mines Commission and Harris Paints.